While debatable if The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a good game, most Nintendo fans will admit it has a really fun soundtrack. Materia Collective, a label created to produce and release music alongside creative interpretations and arrangements of new and classic game scores, teamed with indie publishing label iam8bit for a new vinyl release of the Ocarina Soundtrack.
The album called Hero of Time will not sound like the music gamers heard on the classic Nintendo 64 game. The Koji Kondo’s original score will be re-recorded by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, composed and arranged by Eric Buchholz, who has promised to “breathe new life” in to the classic Ocarina of Time score. Buchholz is no stranger to the world of Zelda, touring video game concerts globally, which include The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.
Ryan Brinkerhoff provided the original artwork which looks more stylish than the actual game, showing Hyrul Field in the day and at dusk. The albums will be pressed into 180-gram heavyweight colored records in green and purple with Rupee designs. They will be placed in a gold foil-stamped sleeve that will have a die-cut cover in the shape of an ocarina and a Triforce design in the rear.
Ocarina of Time was one of the peak moments in the Zelda franchise. It was released in 1998 and became one of the best-selling titles for the Nintendo 64. This set is not licensed by Nintendo and was initially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised $51,963.00 with 1,003 backers that was started in September 2016
The 64-piece orchestra will perform the music live for the recording in Bratislava, Slovakia next month. Other video game scores they have recorded include Warhawk for Sony and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for EA.
Pre-orders for the $40.00 package began on December 9 and will be available during the second quarter of 2017.